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Hotel-based hiking tour in Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise


Hike the scenic backcountry trails of the Canadian Rockies without sacrificing the comforts of home on this hotel-based hiking tour. The Canadian Rockies surrounding Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise contain a lifetime of walking and hiking opportunities. Eight National and Provincial Mountain Parks are within easy driving distance. The scenery is classically magnificent -  steely grey limestone peaks are clothed in forests, waterfalls, craggy cliffs and, not far west of Canmore, glaciers. The forest cover of the valley floors is broken by frequent lakes and beaver ponds. Towards treeline the forest thins, alpine larches appear as forests give way to alpine meadows.

From late May to mid August the forest and especially the meadows are lit in glorious wildflower shades of red, blue, yellow and white. By late August wildflower color is replaced by the reds and golds of Fall. September is in some ways the most spectacular month as the alpine larches turn the treeline into a blazing line of gold and incandescent aspens that speckle the valley floors.

Your guides live and play in these mountains and they really enjoy showing them to you. The first two days hiking are based in Canmore before you move to Banff and Lake Louise based hiking days. Your guides look forward to introducing you to the great hiking there is in the Canadian Rockies. This is a hotel based trip so you carry light day packs and sleep in a comfortable bed each night.

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$2875.00 CAD
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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Hiking
SEASON

June to August

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
9
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your guides are licensed by Parks Canada and Alberta Provincial parks to conduct hiking tours in both National and Provincial Mountain Parks of the Canadian Rockies.Your guides are experienced professional hiking guides with certification from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and from the Mountain Parks Heritage Interpretation Association. They are chosen for their enthusiasm and interest in sharing their knowledge of these mountains.

 

RESTRICTIONS

This is an easy to moderate difficulty tour. It involves hiking for up to 5 hours per day, with distances ranges from 8 to 16 km, elevation gains of up to 600 m (c. 1965 ft.) Participants will be carrying a day pack containing spare clothing, your camera, lunch and something to drink each day. Hikes will be chosen to best suit the group. Larger groups may split to walk different trails.  This program is designed for fit walkers. Any training you can do before you arrive will enhance your experience. No previous mountain hiking experience required.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Hiking boots, daypack.

Sample Hikes

Mt. Yamnuska, 25 km east of Canmore in the Yamnuska Natural Park, 12 km of walking , 500m - 800m elevation gain. Yamnuska overlooks the lower Bow Valley and the montane forests of the Rockies' foothills with the prairies in the far distance. Best in early summer when the area blooms with paintbrush, fireweed, fleabane, tiger lilies and orchids or in September when the aspens are turning yellow and alpine shrubs red.

Stanley Glacier, 30 km west of Banff in Kootenay National Park, 8 km of walking,365 m elevation gain. Hike into a beautiful hanging valley above Vermilion Pass. Mt. Stanley and the Stanley Glacier above. A profusion of wildflowers from beginning to end.

Wilcox Pass, at the Columbia Icefields 160 km north west of Banff. A wonderful walk in alpine meadows with Mt. Athabasca and the Columbia Icefields as a backdrop.

Healy Meadows, in Banff National Park 15 km west of Banff. Hike through mature forest to reach extensive alpine meadows with great views.

Sunshine Meadows, 30km west of Canmore in Banff National Park, access by shuttle bus to extensive walking trails on alpine meadows. A wildflower heaven.

Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass, 80km west of Canmore in Banff National Park above Moraine Lake, 12 km walking, 720 m elevation gain. Famous for alpine meadows, Fall colors and alpine scenery both

Yoho Lake, in Yoho National Park 100 km west of Canmore. A beautiful lake nestled in the forest just below Yoho Pass. Great views of the famous Takkakaw Falls and Yoho Valley.

The Iceline, in Yoho National Park 100 km west of Canmore, is a hiking tour de force. Hike adjacent to glaciers and high above the valley, magnificent view of Takkakaw Falls.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Canmore, Alberta.  Canmore is located about a 1.25 hour drive west of Calgary.

WEATHER

Summer temperatures average 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Southern Rocky Mountains
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Local transfers from Canmore, National Park entry fees.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Rain gear, fleece or wool underclothes, hat, hiking boots, running shoes, shorts, wool socks, warm pants.  A full clothing list will be supplied upon booking.  We suggest layers of light, easily carried clothing that allow for fast and easy adjustment to best suit fast changing temperature conditions.  We discourage cotton clothing as it causes rapid heat loss when wet. 

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, first aid kit, lip balm, trekking poles.

ACCOMMODATIONS

You will be staying 6 nights in comfortable hotels in Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise.  Rooms will be shared on a double occupancy basis (no single supplement applies unless you wish to guarantee a single for yourself). 

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All breakfasts are included as are hiking lunches and trail snacks. Dinners are not included so you can explore the many dining options. There are many easily accessible restaurants nearby or in your hotel.

7 day tour, available June - August
$2875.00 / per person - CAD
June 23-29, July 7-13, July 28-Aug 3, August 25-31, September 15-21, 2018.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 35% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
You have 24 hours from when you make your booking to change or cancel with no charge to you (provided your booking does not depart within 15 days). If cancelling your program up to 8 weeks before the program start, $105 will be withheld. Higher amounts are withheld if cancelling Semesters or Expeditions (details on request). Between 8 and 6 weeks before the program start, the deposit is forfeited. Cancellation less than 6 weeks before the program start and during the program results in loss of entire amount paid. We will gladly accept a substitute guest should you not be able to attend provided they meet the prerequisites for the program. Cancellations must be received in writing (letter, fax or email).

7 day tour, available June - August

Day 1

Meet in Canmore
Everyone arrives in Canmore and we meet that evening at 7:30pm at the Radisson Hotel for a welcome session. We'll go over plans and options for the following days, look at maps of the area and check to see that you are properly outfitted.

Day 2

Day hike from Canmore
Your guide will meet you at the hotel after breakfast and you'll head out on your first hike which will be in one of the many parks covering Kananaskis country. We like to keep plans flexible and choose a hike that's not too hard and appropriate for the current weather in order to allow everyone to acclimatize to our higher elevation and dry air.

Day 3

Travel to Lake Louise, hike en-route
After breakfast we drive north towards Lake Louise stopping to hike in Kootenay National Park (50 km from Canmore) on the way. Paget Lookout and the Stanley Glacier are two excellent choices. After hiking we complete our drive north another 25km to Lake Louise with its gem of a lake surrounded by enormous peaks and their hanging glaciers.

Day 4

Hiking at the Columbia Icefields, Jasper National Park
There is a bit of driving today (2 hours each way) but it is one of the most scenic drives in the world -  The 'Icefields Parkway'! We follow it up valleys overhung by glaciers, past lakes and Icefields then over alpine passes and meadows to reach the world-famous Columbia Icefields. With the Columbia Icefields and stunning Mt. Athabasca as our backdrop we hike up Wilcox Meadows. Return to Lake Louise for the night while we take in the stunning mountain scenery.

Day 5

Hike in Yoho National Park
Head a little west over the "Kicking Horse Pass' into Yoho National Park (10 km). Hike either to Yoho Lake or, if feeling fit, we will hike the Iceline Trail. Return to Banff (80 km) for the last two nights.

Day 6

Hiking in Banff National Park
A final day of hiking in Banff National Park, perhaps to Healy Meadows, Sunshine or Larch Valley. Enjoy a final night on the town in Banff to celebrate our adventures walking in the Canadian Rockies.

Day 7

Tour finishes
Guests finish with coffee and breakfast, and then head off for further adventures.